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1. Overview: sound and setting

1. Overview: sound and setting  

Mark Slobin

in Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365753
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195395020.003.0001
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9780195395020
1. Overview: sound and setting
Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Early Music: A Very Short Introduction  

Thomas Forrest Kelly

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199730766
A Very Short Introduction
4. An Imaginary Object

4. An Imaginary Object  

Nicholas Cook

in Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776441
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853820.003.0004
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9780192853820
4. An Imaginary Object
1. What does “early music” mean?

1. What does “early music” mean?  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0001
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chapter
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9780199730766
1. What does “early music” mean? This is a book about the music of the past. Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music have been repeatedly discarded and rediscovered ever since they were new. For me and for many readers, the music is beautiful and intriguing; it expands our horizons and nourishes our souls. Why revive old music? There is already so much music in the world, so much being created every day, so much readily available in broadcast and recording media, that we can never listen to all of it. Why then do we make such an effort to revive music
3. Repertories: Renaissance

3. Repertories: Renaissance  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0003
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199730766
3. Repertories: Renaissance Renaissance, to musicians, means essentially the music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is not really a rebirth of anything, but it is a period whose music has a sort of Apollonian balance; a quality found also in Renaissance visual art. This is the period of the great composers of polyphonic vocal music: Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Des Pres, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina—all of them churchmen, at a time when church music was at the cutting edge of musical style (not so true today…). Masses and motets led the way for composers of other music, but all
5. Performing issues

5. Performing issues  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0005
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chapter
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9780199730766
5. Performing issues An important aspect of early music, a way of defining it dynamically, is the effort to take a piece of music on its own terms, to perform music in its own way. If we grant that each piece of music comes into existence in a specific time and place, reflecting its own culture, then it follows that its audience was used to the musicians and the performing styles of that period. If we want to reflect that cultural background, if we want to have the sound-experience that listeners had when that piece was new, we should perform
6. The modern early-music revival

6. The modern early-music revival  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199730766
6. The modern early-music revival The study of older music is characteristic of newer times. Why this should be so is a study more about modern culture than about music itself. Do we turn to the past because we prefer it to the present, like those in the Middle Ages who were convinced that the world was gradually deteriorating? Do we prefer music that seems somehow accessible to us, in that it is music that we ourselves might be able to play or sing, if we only worked at it a bit? (We certainly could not play, say, a Rachmaninoff
9. On stage & screenstates of illusion

9. On stage & screen: states of illusion  

Marina Warner

in Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2018
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Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191853500
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199532155.003.0009
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9780199532155
9. On stage & screen states of illusion Now I always knew en pointe and the corps de ballet of swans or wilis or sylphides fluttering in their frothy tutus and gauzy wings. These are the only direct allusions to fairy tale in her journals, and in this Victoria represents a widespread phenomenon, often overlooked in discussion of fairy tale and attempts to define the form. Fairy tales have never been exclusively verbal, and the slippery interactions of oral and written transmission over the course of the genre’s history result as much from the stories’ constant reincarnations on stage
9. Peace

9. Peace  

D. Kern Holoman

in The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365869
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199760282.003.0009
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9780199760282
9. Peace Connections between music and politics were obvious enough to the first orchestral musicians, attached as many of them were to princely retinues and military bands. Allusions to the civilization-changing events of revolution and empire pepper Haydn’s symphonies (and the “Dona nobis pacem” movements from the “Lord Nelson” Mass and “Mass in Time of War”), and there is surely no greater music for a fallen military hero than the second movement of Beethoven’s Third (“Eroica,” 1803). The military nuance of the Janissary band and swagger of the hero’s strophe in the fourth movement of the Ninth are unmistakable, arguments
Music: A Very Short Introduction

Music: A Very Short Introduction  

Nicholas Cook

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776441
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853820.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192853820
A Very Short Introduction

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